Beginning today, June 4, the Warwood Farmers Market returns to Garden Park from 4-7 p.m. every Tuesday, hosted by Grow Warwood Pride.

This year, over 30 vendors will be selling produce, artisan crafts, baked goods and more.

Each week will feature a different theme with activities to match.

During the first week, the third birthday of the market will be celebrated in addition to celebrating the City of Wheeling’s 250th birthday. Attendees can expect to see a bounce house, cupcake decorating stations, balloons and coupons for $1 off any item in the Warwood Farmers Market.

Week two will be the market’s Health and Wellness Day. In an effort to promote all types of health and wellness, a variety of professionals will be joining the market for the evening. Bike Wheeling will make sure that kids have the proper fitting bicycle helmets and that bikes are safe. Kroger Pharmacy will be doing a kids class on safe medication, poison prevention and free diabetes screenings. OV Dermatology will be sharing ways to keep skin healthy, especially during the brutal summer sun. Amedisys Hospice will be doing a free blood pressure screening. Also, licensed therapists Joni Blum and John Kreitzer will be at the Warwood Farmers Market.

The third week of June is set to be Environmental Day.

The last week of June, dogs are invited to the market for Man’s Best Friend Day.

The Warwood Farmers Market is one of the only markets in the area to accept SNAP and participate in SNAP Stretch.

“The SNAP Stretch program is a really great way to do more with a budget,” explained Warwood Farmers Market Chairman Matt Rafa. “If someone spends $1 in SNAP benefits, it automatically becomes $2. Then, if they bring their child, that child gets $1. We are really excited to participate in the SNAP Stretch program.”

Additionally, some of the Warwood Farmers Market vendors are able to accept senior vouchers.

The Warwood Farmers Market also launched two new programs to get the community involved. The Lil’ Sprouts Club is a program for kids to learn the proper care, nutrition and science behind different plants. Participants will get to pot a plant, take it home and watch it grow.

The second program is the Backyard Community Growers program. The Warwood community is hungry for fresh, local produce, and the Warwood Farmers Market is matching backyard growers, small-scale farmers and hobbyist gardeners with an opportunity to sell their produce and knowledge

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